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Olympian Johnson wins Sydney CCI3*

Olympic silver medallist Sonja Johnson has won the Sydney International Horse Trials CCI3* with her thoroughbredParkiarrup Illicit Liaison, giving the West Australian confidence as she strives to make her second Olympic Team.

Johnson and Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison incurred four jumping penalties in Sunday’s jumping phase, but their strong dressage and outstanding cross country performances meant they emerged clear leaders on 48.90 penalties.

Johnson also took out third place on Misty Isle Valentino,dropping from second after a challenging jumping phase saw the pair incur 16 jumping penalties and three time penalties to end on 68.90 penalties.

“The last time I won this competition we went onto Beijing and Australia won a silver medal. So mum thinks it’s an omen,” said Johnson.

“I don’t think I’ve done my chances (of making the team) any harm this weekend. Both horses were awesome cross country, Misty Isle Valentino was a little green today but Illicit Liaison was his normal gorgeous self, it was unfortunate that we had the one rail down.”

Second place went to Hazel Shannon and Clifford who put together consistent performances across all three phases to finish the event on 54.10 penalties. Shannon and her thoroughbredClifford are going from strength to strength since first competing as a combination in 2011, and have an exciting future ahead.

Shane Rose riding Virgil won the CIC3* with an outstanding jumping display which resulted in a clear round and ensured the combination held their top spot on 46.90 penalties.

Rose also took out second place on CP Qualified. Knocking one early rail, the pair added four jumping penalties as well as two time faults to finish on 57.00. Judy Clarke and Diablito were third on 59.90 after incurring no jumping penalties and five time faults.

Emma Bishop and her horse CP Issey Miyake were victorious in the CCI2*, holding their lead from the cross country. Hailing from Raymond Terrace in NSW, Bishop and CP Issey Miyake were third after the dressage phase, took only 0.8 time penalties in the cross country and put together a clear jumping round to win on 45.70.

Shenae Lowings of Western Australia and her brown geldingVenture Sky High incurred four jumping penalties to place second on 49.80. Robert Palm and Koko Story were elevated into third place finishing on 68.50.

Andrew Barnett and Bradgate Park Dante held their lead in the CIC2*, producing a clear jumping round to win on 47.60. Barnett was fifth after dressage but a cross country phase saw him take the top spot and he solidified this position with an effortless round in the show jumping which helped him to take out the class.

Lauren Browne and Sky’s Da Limit added four jumping penalties to place second on 54.20 whilst Jessica Rae and Rascal held on for third.

At the end of the competition spectators and competitors paused to remember Caitlyn Fischer who tragically died during the competition a week earlier.

Johnson offered her sincere thanks on behalf of all competitors to the officials and volunteers who assisted in the re-running of the event.

“Thank-you to the organisers and the volunteers and sponsors who withoutt this wouldn’t have happened. It has been a herculean effort to do this.”

Sydney International Horse Trials Cross Country

At the conclusion of the cross country phase of the Sydney International Horse Trials, Olympian Sonja Johnson and Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison are in the lead in the CCI3*.

Johnson and her horse were ranked second after the Dressage (with 44.90 penalties) but a clear cross country round improved their standings and the pair now has a tidy lead going into Sunday’s show jumping decider.

“It was so easy to make the time on him,” Olympic hopeful Johnson said of her fast thoroughbred.

“The goal was to give him a good hit out here. I am still assuming that he is going to Melbourne to do a CIC3*. I’ll be aiming to go conservatively there, which is why I was just wanted to prove that the horse and I have still got it in us to make the time.”

Johnson’s second horse Misty Isle Valentino is in second place on 49.90 after finishing one second outside the allowed time to add just 0.4 time penalties to his dressage score. Hazel Shannon and her thoroughbred Clifford are third on 50.10.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for fellow Olympic hopeful Shane Rose. In the CIC3* Rose holds first and second place with Virgil and CP Qualified, but in the CCI3* Rose’s horse Shanghai Joe moved to fifth position after picking up 20 jumping penalties.

Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney remains in the mix in both classes. He’s placed sixth in the CCI3* on War Hawk whilst his World Equestrian Games mount Pluto Mio is fourth in the CIC3*.

Emma Bishop and CP Issey Miyake lead the CCI2* after completing the cross country phase in 8:08 minutes with no penalties. The good round took her from third to first and she will carry 45.70 penalties into Sunday’s show jumping. West Australian Shenae Lowings is second after her horse Venture Sky High had a strong round to finish on 45.80. Molly Anne Barry and La Muso are placed third on 55.70.

Andrew Barnett had a good round in the CIC2* to rocket up the placings from fifth to first on his horse Bradgate Park Dante. Barnett added no penalties to his dressage score and coming from a background of show jumping, he will aim to hold his lead on 47.60 in the final phase tomorrow. Jessica Rae on Rascal is second on 48.80 whilst Lauren Browne is third on Sky’s Da Limit on 50.20.

The successful day’s competition did not pass without the acknowledgment by the athletes of the tragic passing of Caitlyn Fischer in the cross country last week.

“It’s like the white crosses on the road,” Johnson said. “They inspire me to drive better. I noticed someone has placed flowers on the steeplechase course. I thought – this is just like a white cross – use it to improve your skills, use it to make yourself focus. That is how I dealt with it. I don’t think any of us will ever ride past the steeplechase course and not give a little quiet touch of the head for her.”

Sydney International Horse Trials 3 and 2 Star to be Re-run

Following the tragic death of Caitlyn Fischer and after careful consideration and consultation with riders, officials and volunteers, The Sydney International Horse Trials Organising Committee has decided to offer riders who had entered the three and two star events the opportunity to restart this weekend.

Dressage will run on Friday 6 May, Cross Country on Saturday 7 May and Show Jumping on Sunday 8 May at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre at Horsley Park.

The event will be open to the public and spectators are invited to attend to pay their respects to Caitlyn, who will be remembered during a minute’s silence following the conclusion of the Show Jumping on Sunday.

Members of the media wishing to attend the event should contact the Equestrian Australia Media Unit to arrange accreditation.

A competition timetable will be released later today.

Media contacts

Michelle Cook, Communications Manager, Equestrian Australia 02 8762 7777 – 0414 702 697
Amélie Patrux, Communications Coordinator, Equestrian Australia 02 8762 7711

Statement Sydney International Horse Trials

30 April 2016
Organisers of the Sydney International Horse Trials wish to advise the cancellation of all competitions due to a tragic accident.

It is with the deepest regret that we announce Miss Caitlyn Fischer suffered a fatal accident while competing at the Cross-Country competition of the Sydney International Horse Trials at 10:40am on Saturday 30 April 2016.

Caitlyn, aged 19 from Bairnsdale, Victoria, was riding the horse Ralphie in the one star competition when the accident occurred at fence two.

Caitlyn was provided urgent medical attention by the on-course paramedic and doctor but unfortunately was unable to be revived.

Caitlyn’s horse Ralphie is in a stable condition and remains under the observation of veterinarians.

Equestrian Australia Chairwoman Judy Fasher said, “On behalf of the whole sport I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Caitlyn’s parents Alissa Carr and Mark Fischer and her family. The thoughts and prayers of horse people all over the country are with Caitlyn’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Please be advised that Equestrian Australia Chairwoman Judy Fasher will address the media at 2pm today at the Sydney International Horse Trials – Saxony Road, Horsley Park. Please contact Equestrian Australia media contact Michelle Cook – 0414 702 697 upon arrival.


Media contact:

Michelle Cook

0414 702 697

The Sydney 2000 story continues

27 April 2016

snake 3At the Sydney Olympics, world-renowned course designer, Mike Etherington-Smith paid tribute to the original Darug people with his now iconic, Snake Jump (Darug Bulada). The original fence was jump number three on the cross country course in Sydney 2000. As images of this jump were beamed around the world, so too were the traditions of aboriginal art and culture.

Unfortunately, the original Snake jump has not survived and the Sydney International Horse Trials is proud to announce the next chapter in the story of this fence.

snake 1 snake 2

Recently, three generations of aboriginal artists from the Warmuli/Cannemegal Clan travelled to The Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC) to give this jump a new lease of life. The group from the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation painted the new jump with a traditional story as a way of honouring their ancestors and preserving cultural heritage.

snake 4There are approximately 30 clan groups in and around the Sydney (Darug) area and the SIEC sits on the clan group of the Warmuli/Cannemegal.

These local artists view projects, like this one as a vital link to their culture. As Lexodious Dadd explains, “it’s very important for these projects to continue, so we are still here, we haven’t gone, we are still continuing our culture and with our ancestors guidance we are painting this jump with a beautiful story”.

Artist, Julie (Jones) Webb was responsible for the design of the new jump. In looking for a theme to best represent the countryside at SIEC, Julie chose a creation story.  Julie explains, the “rainbow serpent will be travelling from top to tail at either end. He can be seen from either side of the jump, just so people will know who created this amazing piece of country we are on”.

The creation story for the new Gunyalungalung Wumarabara (Dreaming Jump), previously known as the ‘Snake Jump’ (Darug Bulada), shows the Warmuli/Cannemegal’s direct connection to Ngurra, (Country), Mother Earth (Wiyangabembul) and Father Sky (Biiameeburra).   This story is an integral part of the Darug storyline.  Furthermore, within the dreaming, the artwork includes their relationship with the land, significant waterholes, animals, particular family totems, food sources and ways of living for this particular place (nunanglanung). Most importantly, the artwork reflects the importance of sharing and looking after one another.

Entry is FREE – so come and see the next chapter in the story, (courtesy of the Darug people) on the new Dreaming Jump at SIEC.

For a VIDEO of the full interview –  The story of the Dreaming Jump

Olympians in action and great family fun

From 29 April – 1 May, Sydney will host one of the nation’s most prestigious equestrian events offering everything from Olympic qualifications in eventing, World Cup jumping and fun for all the family.

The Sydney International Horse Trials (SydHT) have been held since 1957 and in 2016 will again take place at Sydney International Equestrian Centre – venue of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

The event will see athletes vying to earn Olympic nominations for Rio. A number of Olympic hopefuls including Shane Rose, Christine Bates, Sonja Johnson and Stuart Tinney will be looking to impress selectors in the eventing competition. Rose, an Olympic silver medallist from Beijing 2008 will be riding two horses (CP Qualified and Virgil) that are both frontrunners for Rio. Olympic gold medallist Tinney will compete with four horses in the 3 star classes with all eyes on his World Equestrian Games mount Pluto Mio.

All up there will be around 15 high performance combinations competing at the event, and it will be one of the last times to see these talented athletes and horses in action on home soil before the Rio Games. Since the event’s inception, 17 riders that have won the event have gone on to compete at the Olympics, so a win at the SydHT will be in everyone’s sights.

The SydHT also hosts the Greater Sydney World Cup Show which draws jumping horses and riders from all over Australia. Sunday 1 May is the big day for Jumping, with the World Cup qualifier competition for elite athletes. A number of World Cup qualifiers are hosted across Australia throughout the year and a leader board is kept to ultimately have a winner who may go on to the World Cup Final overseas. This is a hotly contested series with riders travelling from State to State to try and gain points to take out the Australian Series. This competition will provide top class jumping, horses negotiating big fences, tough distances and the added element of the closed arena. As well as the main event there will be a number of other classes as the curtain raisers to this special class.

There will be over 500 horses competing throughout the weekend, however it is not just about the outstanding equestrian competition though, with plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family. There is a Kids Zone with free face painting, jumping castle and petting zoo to keep the budding young equestrian fans busy. For the big kids there is also a shopping village with trade stands offering everything from saddles to horse rugs to fashionable clothing. There is also a highly sought after raffle, with up to $10,000 worth of prizes on offer.

There are also unique behind the scenes tours with leading event rider and coach Peter Gillis and Olympic Groom Daniel Power. On Saturday 30 April, the tour will include walking the cross country course with world renowned UK course designer Mike Etherington-Smith and former Australia’s Eventing Coach, Wayne Roycroft. On Sunday 1 May, Roycroft will join John Vallance for a walk of the Show Jumping course.


Excitement builds for Sydney International Horse Trials 2016

Spectating and competing will be better than ever at this year’s Sydney International Horse Trials.

Feature classes in Eventing and Jumping will be held in the Olympic Arena surrounded by a new and improved hospitality tent and trade stand area.  All the action, including the cross-country, will be broadcast on a big screen.

The Eventing program has expanded. Riders can expect CIC and CCI classes for 1*, 2* and 3* as well as the popular Young Horse classes.  For the lower levels an Ev105m has been added to the program.

With Rio just around the corner Sydney will welcome top international Ground Jury members Christoph Hess, Christian Landolt and Sue Baxter. 

The Show Jumping will again offer a full schedule of young horse classes and height classes including the thrilling World Cup Qualifier to be held in the main arena on Sunday afternoon.

The popular “Kids Zone” will include a petting zoo, jumping castle and face painting.

Get in early to book a shuttle bus from Northside or Centennial Park, Hospitality tickets or Behind the Scenes Tours.  Tickets are available online NOW. See the web for more information.

General admission and parking is FREE.

Don’t miss the action – Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park.


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When:                  29 April to 1 May

Where:                The Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Saxony Rd Horsley Park 2175

VIP Tickets:        Buy tickets online at Eventbrite

Information:      Please see  for the full schedule of events

Classes for 2016

We will have CCI and CIC classes at One, Two and Three Star and EvA 105

We will also have full show jumping program including World Cup plus Young Horse classes in Eventing and Show Jumping

Rider Survey

The Sydney International Horse Trials is committed to running a world-class competition at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.

We have been working hard to make significant improvements to the Cross Country course for riders, horses and spectators. However, in recent years, we have experienced considerable fluctuations in entry numbers.

Riders, we need your feedback to understand why this occurs and what changes we need to make to meet your needs and ensure the event remains viable.

We would really appreciate if you could complete this quick online survey this week (open till Friday 20 August).  It will only take a few minutes.

Your feedback will be of great assistance in improving the event for riders and spectators.

Congratulations to our Raffle Winners

1st – Bates Saddle – Rosanna Cohen

2nd – Etching by Angus Fisher – American Turkey in Paris – valued over $1850 – Darryl Burgess

3rd – 2 x Grandstand 3 Day Passes to Adelaide IHT – Catriona Ferguson

4th – Antares – leather halter & lead rope – Sarah Williams

5th – CrossCountry App Saddlecloth and cap – Roz Neave (who donated her prize to Meg who did such a fine and cheerful job selling raffle tickets)

6th – Horse Barn Saddlery – NRG Pack – Nikki Ryan

7th – 10 L bottle Anitone – Isabella Marcellos

8th – Edinburgh Rug pack – Colleen Gallagher A Thank You to all our wonderful volunteers

Dear All

Just a quick email to say on behalf of everyone at Sydney International thank you very much for helping us out at the Sydney International Horse Trials including the Greater Sydney World Cup Jumping.

I hope you managed to stay relatively dry and warm.  Not the most ideal conditions but some amazing competition.

This event would not be possible with out the huge amount of hours and dedication each and everyone of you contribute to the event. Thank you.

If you want to see some great pics of the event check out our official photographers website  –  WhyTheLongfaces  or go to who had 7 photographers on site

There are also some great cross country videos up at Rider Video at

If you haven’t already check out our social media pages – there are some great pics and stories from the event — just like, follow or share us

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twitter – @sydneyhorsetrials

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Plus we still have some merchandise on sale including both men’s’ and women’s polo shirts – if you are interested please contact Angela Shacklady – for sizes and prices

Also don’t forget to register your times with Eventing NSW Volunteer Register  to go in the draw to win some great prizes

We are always looking for feedback on any aspect of the event, so if you have any ideas, suggestions or comments – don’t be shy and send them to me or Rebecca Andrews

Thank you again for giving up your time and helping us deliver a very big and special event – we look forward to seeing you again next year – our event dates are 29 April to 1 May 2016



Rose Read

Sydney International Eventing

0418 216364


We have a selection of merchandise still available.

Limited sizes in mens, ladies polos and caps.

New South Wales rider Elizabeth Lowery has won her first major three day event, taking out the Sydney International CCI3* at the International Equestrian Centre on Sunday.

Riding KL Kismet, Lowery secured the title after cross country leader Makayla Wood and her horse Early Days knocked five rails in today’s show jumping, which added 20 penalties to her score and reduced her standing to second position overall.

Lowery and Kismet had three rails down which added 12 penalties to their score, but it was enough for victory and they won the title with a score of 75.70. (Lowery’s cross country time was amended overnight which moved her within 2.3 penalties of the lead).

It is a significant moment in Lowery’s riding career and the 23 year old was proud of her horse with which she has shared a long partnership.

Elizabeth Lowery and KL Kismet_wide

“I feel amazing. I’m so proud of him, he’s such a special horse. To finish with this result is amazing,

“I’m so spoilt with him. I’ve had him for five years and we started out as junior newcomers together. He’d never seen a fence really before I got him.

“Hopefully we’ll go back to Adelaide this year and do slightly better in the show jumping than we did there last year and who knows, next year we might see what we can do overseas.”

Kirsty Douglas riding Cushavon Crackerjack was the only rider to produce a clear round in today’s CCI3* show jumping and she moved from fifth after cross country to finish third overall.

Queensland rider Isabel English (Feldale Mouse) was also in contention for the title but the young rider became unstuck leading into a triple combination which resulted in her elimination.

Young riders dominated the placings in each of the major classes at the 2015 Sydney International Horse Trials with 21 year old Hayley Freilick edging out Olympian Shane Rose in the CCI2*. In the CCI1* Shaun Dillon finished in first place ahead of 17 year old Rosanna Cohen in second and 20 year old Teegan Ashby in third.

Hayley Frielick and My Happiness won the CCI 2* and Shaun Dillon and TS Fantasia the CCI 1*

Vicki and Congo Z win the Sydney World Cup #SydHT

Olympian Vicki Roycroft won the Greater Sydney Grand Prix defeating an accomplished field of Australian riders who gathered at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre for second round of the 2015/16 Australian League of the FEI World Cup Jumping Series. Of the 19 combinations which entered the qualifier, five jumped clear in the first round and 12 progressed to the second.


Roycroft, who was the best of the field in the first round was last to go in the second and she proved that her experience and Congo Z‘s talent are the right combination. They finished with two clear rounds and a second round time of 58.35. For 62 year old Roycfroft it’s been a long time in-between World Cup victories.“The last World Cup I won was on Infatuation and he has been dead for a few years. I’ve very grateful to this little horse, he’s just a superstar“.

Australian Show Jumping Champion David Cameron, riding RR Dyranta, picked up four jumping penalties in the first round but put the pressure on the leaders when he produced a fast and clear second round with an impressive time of 51.54. “When you have one down in the first round you don’t really have much choice,” explained Cameron. “It’s not the first time that Vicki’s beat me and it certainly won’t be the last,” he said.

After four jumping penalties in the first round, James Arkins on his warmblood gelding Da Vinci’s Pride, completed a very good clear round in the second with a time of 53.82, which placed him third overall. The young prodigy Tom McDermott  did the opposite, with a clear first round on his grey son of Daley K, SL Limerick, and then added 4 points in the second round (his time was 54.65). He finished fourth overall. Jess Brown, with a clear first round in 73.40 on her delightful Casco unfortunately had a rail down in the second and she finished fifth overall.

You can re-watch the action on :

Full results here

Wood on the verge of Maiden CCI3* victory

It’s still early days but West Australian Makayla Wood is on the verge of winning her first CCI3* three-day event after a strong performance in today’s cross country at the Sydney International Horse Trials.

All that stands between Wood and the title is Sunday’s show jumping and the 23 year old has a tidy nine penalty buffer between nearest rival Isabel English (Qld). With each fallen show jumping pole equal to four penalties, it means Wood could have two rails down and still win the title.

In today’s Cross Country, Wood and her mare Early Days produced the round of the day in the CCI3*, adding just six time penalties to their score. It catapulted them from sixth position into the lead and they’ll enter the show jumping decider with a score of 61.40 penalties.

“The going was really tough and she did get a bit tired but she wanted to just keep travelling, so I let her travel as much as I could. She tried very hard for me,” said Wood.

“I wanted to come home safe first of all and second of all I wanted to come home with a qualifier (to be eligible to compete at the next level) so I’ve done both of those things and I’m really happy.

“Now it’s a matter of making sure she is ok and giving her a good recovery, hopefully we show jump well tomorrow,” she said.

Early leader, Olympian Heath Ryan, added 20 penalties to his score after his horse Aspire R refused a fence in the second half of the course. He is now in sixth place.

Shaun Dillon and his warmblood GV ANZAC were second coming into the cross country but the pair became unstuck at one of the final fences which resulted in their elimination.

The changes to the top order have opened the door for some of Australia’s up and coming riders to stake their claim on the Sydney CCI3* title. Isabel English and Feldale Mouse have moved from third into second and will carry 71 penalties into the show jumping, while 24 year old Elizabeth Lowery (NSW) and KL Kismet occupy third place and have 77.30 penalties.

In the CCI2*, Olympian Shane Rose (Purbeck Diesel) is in second place after 21 year old Hayley Frielick (NSW) and her horse My Happiness produced a clear cross country round which moved them from 10th position into the lead. Tim Boland remains in third position with Napoleon, while Christine Bates and her horse Ned O’Reilly are in fourth.

Christine Bates and Brightnight remain in the lead in the CCI1* after adding four time penalties to her dressage score.

Olympian Ryan is early leader at Sydney CCI3*

 Olympian Heath Ryan (NSW) is the early leader in the Sydney International three-day event CCI3*, which started today at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.

 Ryan and Aspire R finished today’s dressage with 49.60 penalties giving them a marginal lead over second placed combination Shaun Dillon and GV ANZAC who are sitting on 50.90 penalties.

Ryan’s credentials have earned the 56 year old the veteran title in this year’s Sydney CCI3*, but despite his experience Ryan expects strong competition during tomorrow’s cross country.

“There are some real guns among the young riders in the field and I’m expecting big things from a couple of them. They have the potential to be superstars.”

Ryan was pleased with his horse’s performance in today’s dressage.

“He’s a bit young but he’s gradually getting better. This is the best test he’s ever done.”

 20 year old Isabel English (QLD) is the youngest rider in the CCI3* and she is currently occupying third place with the thoroughbred cross Feldale Mouse and sixth place with the thoroughbred Grand Andi.

 “Mouse was really good today he did a good test for him and I’m very happy with Andi, It’s only his fourth three star event so he’s still very green at this level.”

 Olympian Shane Rose (NSW) is leading the CCI2* with his up and coming Purbeck Diesel. The silver medallist from Beijing enters Saturday’s cross country on 41.70 penalties and ahead of Christine Bates (NSW) and her thoroughbred Ned O Reilly who are on 43.50. Tim Boland (NSW) and Napoleon are in third place with 44.60 penalties. Bates is also leading the CCI1* with the horse Brightnight.

 Competition at the Sydney International Horse Trials continues Saturday with cross country and concludes on Sunday with the deciding show jumping phase.

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CCI Three Star Shaun Dillon & GV Anzac and Elizabeth Lowery & KL Kismet

CCI Two Star  Lindsay Honey & Bindaboo and Hayley Frielick & My Happiness

CCI One Star Shaun Dillon & TS Fantasia and Lesley Brodbeck & Alan

Libby Lowery & KL Kismet Photo: Ryhs Carlton-Carlos

Elizabeth Lowery & KL Kismet

Follow a Virtual guided course walk of the Three Star

Mike Etherington Smith and Wayne Roycroft take you round this impressive course

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Due to ground conditions…

We have changed the order of classes for Saturday’s cross country.  Order will now be CCI1*, CIC1*, CCI3*, CCI2*, CIC2* See updated timetable

Show Jumping Draw available now

All classes – All Days

Teegan Ashby to visit Bossley Park Public School

The students at Bossley Park Public School are in for a treat this Wednesday afternoon, with accomplished equestrian athlete Teegan Ashby stopping by for a visit.

Ashby, who hails from Howlong, west of Albury, is in town to compete in the Sydney International Horse Trials. She will contest the CIC1* three-day eventing competition with her horses Ipso Facto and Hawk Noir Psh.

Although only 20 years of age, Ashby is no stranger to high level competition. In 2014, she won the CIC3* in Canberra and CCI2* Sydney with her 13-year-old warmblood cross thoroughbred gelding horse Rockingham No Reason.

Ashby will meet the students from kindergarten and years one and two, and will be able to give them an insight into her sport – which she started at their age.

“I started riding on the farm when I was very little,” Ashby said. “The story goes that if I wanted to get my mum’s attention I had to be sitting on a pony as she was also a rider.

“I began competing in local shows and pony club events when I was about eight on a naughty grey pony called Rocky. He had two gears – go and stop!”

Bossley Park Public School prides itself on having sport and physical activity as a valued and accepted part of the school’s curriculum, believing it contributes to the development of the whole child.

“It provides a vehicle for social, physical, emotional and moral learning and is an important expression of our culture,” the school’s website states. “The participation, enjoyment and skill development of our students is the corner-stone of the school sport/ physical activity program.”

As well as having 12 years of competition experience, Ashby is also a level 1 coach and was the 2013 Eventing Young Ambassador of the Year. Both she and the students are sure to gain a lot from the experience.

Media are invited to attend. Please contact:

Michelle Cook

Communications Manager – Equestrian Australia

0414 702 697

Eventing and Young Event Horse Draws posted

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Photographer announcement

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Closing date extended for Eventing


The closing date for Eventing Entries has been extended to 13 April

Entries are open for Show Jumping

7 April

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Stylish new caps!!

13 March 2015

Caps and polo shirts will be for sale at the Information Tent

Young Event Horse

3 March 2015

Entres are Open Now. More Information

Thank you to Bucas Horse Rugs Australia

25 January 2015

Bucas Horse Rugs Australia  will supply beautiful embroidered rugs for Eventing Class winners, Float Boots and Saddle Cloths for second and third placegetters.